Arsenal have finally won a Premier League game thanks to a 1-0 win over Norwich City at the Emirates this afternoon.
The Gunners went into the game having lost three on the trot. A win tonight was an absolute necessity and thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tap in from close range, we’ve picked up our first three points of the season.
Here are five things we learned from the game…
Five things we learned as Arsenal beat Norwich City 1-0
One-nil to the Arsenal:
Arsenal simply had to win today. Nobody was really bothered about the performance or the types of goals we scored. All that mattered was the three points and we achieved that in the scrappiest fashion.
Nicolas Pepe hit the post twice before the ball bounced off him into Aubameyang’s path. All the Gunners skipper had to do was tap the ball past the goal line, and he did that without any trouble. This ‘one-nil to the Arsenal’ could kickstart our season.
Takehiro Tomiyasu made his Arsenal debut tonight and the Japan international was absolutely incredible. He looked solid defensively, was almost invincible in aerial duels and impressed in the attacking third as well.
The former Bologna man almost grabbed a goal too through a fabulous volley. Sadly, his shot flew just over the bar, but at just £16 million, Arsenal have found themselves a top-quality player who will only get better in the coming months and years.
Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White
Arsenal fans have been desperate to see White and Gabriel start together in the heart of our defence and we finally got our wish today. It is safe to say, the pair showed signs of forming a fantastic partnership for the better part of the next decade.
Gabriel and White both looked incredibly assured on the ball. Norwich pressed hard at times, but both defenders dealt with the pressure comfortably, and the clean sheet shows they were solid defensively as well.
Thomas Partey the game changer
The Ghanaian returned from his ankle injury earlier this week and he started on the bench today. Arsenal were struggling to get our first goal of the season, but as soon as Partey stepped onto the pitch, things changed.
The former Atletico Madrid man threaded through a delightful ball to Bukayo Saka, who then passed it to Pepe. The Ivorian hit the post twice and the ricochet helped Auba score the winner. Partey’s through ball made the difference and his return is a massive boost for us.
Are we wasting Saka?
The recently turned 20-year-old started on the left wing today and spent most of his time infield. Kieran Tierney was almost always high up the pitch, which limited Saka’s chances of getting on the ball, especially in the first half.
Saka found pockets of space in the second half and he was heavily involved. He played a part in our goal and he could easily have scored a couple himself. However, it really does feel like we’re wasting him on the left as he has shown all of us how good he is on the opposite side.